- Jan 3, 2013
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Is it possible there are check downs built in that Geno isn't hitting? That's how I see it anyway. Very few plays have everyone just running 15+ yard route progressions. We usually have a slant or two, someone in the flat etc. I just don't think geno is seeing them a lot of the time. There are also a lot of "choice"calls at the line where Geno picks a play based on what the defense is showing and I'm guessing they are respecting our run game more and trying to force Geno into throwing deep with their looks.It is very hard to know the actual ins and outs of the team being just fans. We don’t hear what they discuss throughout the week nor can we listen to their headsets in game. I think collectively the offense overall has issues that can’t point to a single reason. OL has had stretches of terrible play, Geno has had some stinkers, defense puts the offense in a rough spot early, etc. What I will say is the issues of imbalance, structure of play design by the second quarter, complete lack of TE usage, and a general lack of identity once the opening script ends points to issues with Waldron. And to Pete for allowing this to continue occurring, even if he is mostly hands off with the offense in game.
As an outside observer, his pre-game design is terrific. Their opening scripts are crisp, balanced, get Geno comfortable with some pocket movement, and utilize all areas of the field. They focus a lot on TE motion, stretch the deep middle to open underneath, and pound the ball. Then as we see every week, defense adjusts based on how we start and Waldron cannot adapt. Leads to a lot of third and long, deep ball nonsense and many punts. It very well may be his best role in the NFL is what he was doing for McVay and the Rams, who was VERY complimentary of his role in their group staff to structure gameplans week to week. His skill set may be best used as planning and design, less adaptability and countering which is critical for an OC.
A long winded way to say its highly unlikely Waldron is dialing up long bombs every play and it probably has much more to do with execution than we think.